Jim and Denise Hnytka co-anchor “News 8 at 5”, the hour-long “News 8 at 6”, and “News 8 at 10” each weekday with Chief Meteorologist James Zahara and Sports Director Matt Randazzo.

Jim was the co-anchor of “Good Morning Quad Cities” with Julie Sisk for nine years starting in 2006. Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of “News 8 at 6:30” and a reporter for “News 8 at 10”. He’s also anchored the weekend broadcasts and was a reporter on the streets since he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of “The Cities”, a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station’s radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He’s received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim was president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association (www.ibna.org) and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association which is now the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (http://midwestjournalists.org), an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles
  • YOUR HEALTH: Quicker, more precise breast biopsies

    The technology was first tested in Europe.

  • YOUR HEALTH: New toe joint eases pain

    A new joint replacement procedure gets people back on their feet with full mobility.

  • YOUR HEALTH: A better leg stent for clogged arteries

    One woman who feared a leg amputation is now running races thanks to a new type of stent

  • CHEF SCOTT: Easter Ham with local flavor

    Chef Brad Scott takes Boetje's Mustard to your Easter dinner table with a unique ham glaze

  • Chef Scott: Go Italian with Osso Buco

    Chef Scott takes a usually tough piece of beef and turns it into something you can make in your kitchen

  • Chef Scott: Pigs in a Blanket

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – We’re always looking for ways to serve pork.    And sometimes the best recipes are from close to home. “I’ve got a great one that my mom taught me years ago”, says Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. “Let’s get started.” 1. Trim the fat from a center cut of pork loin 2. Pound the pork slice with a mallet until it’s thin 3. Season the pork with pepper […]

  • Chef Scott: Barley Risotto

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – One dish comfort foods are custom made for cold weather days.  And this recipe fits that bill, especially if you’d like a meatless alternative to the stews you might make in the depth of cold weather. Today, Chef Brad Scott invites senior Scott Community College chef Reese McRae to help out in the kitchens of Scott Community College. “Today we’re going to make a barley risotto, one of my more favorite dishes in the winter time as […]

  • Chef Brad Scott: Pork Wellington

    Chef Brad Scott says Pork Wellington is an upscale way to feature pork on your dinner table

  • Loebsack: Steve King is an “embarrassment” to Iowa

    Loebsack was touring UnityPoint-Trinity on Monday.

  • One on One with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

    Gov. Branstad sat down with News 8's Jim Mertens for a one-on-one interview after the Governor delivered his "Condition of the State" address to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce at the RiverCenter in Davenport.

  • Chef Scott: Hunan-style beef sandwich

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Why not stake your claim to make great leftovers from last night’s steak dinner? “You know last night we had a great ribeye dinner but we’ve got leftovers,” says Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. “So today, we’re going to make a nice beef sandwich, Hunan style.” 1. Trim fat from slices of ribeye steak (about 4 oz per person) 2. Add 3 tbsp Chef’s butter (a 50/50 mix […]

  • Acri Gets More Than Three Times the Number of Votes Raes Received

    The Rock Island County Clerk's office says it won't complete the count of a large number of write-in ballots until Wednesday morning, March 1, 2017, but it says write-in candidate Stephanie Acri will advance to April's election along with incumbent mayor Scott Raes.